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Happy Birthday Shaun Cassidy

Teen heartthrob 1970s

I missed all the Cassidy hoopla — all of it.

When David Cassidy was the popular one, I was too young to get it.

By the time Shaun Cassidy was the popular one, I already moved on to KISS and Aerosmith.

Then, a few years ago, I bought a CD of 1970s teen idols because I loved so many of the songs: “Ben” by Michael Jacskon; “Easy Come, Easy Go” by Bobby Sherman; some Partridge Family songs … and then I came across this excellent song I never heard before.

That song was by Shaun Cassidy, “That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

I played it over and over, many times. What a good number, a perfect pop tune.

And that’s the way it is with music from the 1970s because there was so much greatness out there, it was impossible — impossible to discover it all. (And I say the same with the 1980s).

Check it out:

That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll

If you have time, check out the comments from the fans — it’s hilarious (in a good way!)

And one more goodie from the 1990s



Here’s a little ultra coolness from the 1990s:

Lady Gaga

Goddess GaGa

The other night I was in a music focus group, where you have to rate songs in order for popular radio stations to make themselves “better.”

In my humble opinion, I preferred the popular songs of the 1970s and those were the ones I gave the highest ratings.

When it came to the 1980s, I couldn’t even give bad ratings. Even the worst popular songs weren’t too bad and the most horrible thing I could say about them was I was sick of them, not that I disliked them.

The most annoying songs came from the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. And sad to say just from that focus group one of these annoying songs is stuck in my brain for the moment. (Don’t you hate that?!)

But there is one modern artist I loved every song — and that was Lady Gaga. Whenever one of her songs came on during the focus group, I gave it the best rating. The only other popular band I gave as many top ratings was Heart.

From day one, I thought Lady Gaga was the most: drop dead gorgeous, creative, exciting, sweet and honest.

Of all her songs, I still think Poker Face is the absolute best.

I wish this young lady many more years of success because she’s done something very special in a world of stagnant modern popular music.

Go Gaga, go!

And here’s my favorite:


New Redd Kross Album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


One of my favorite bands ever is Redd Kross.

I first heard of them around 1987 and followed them quite a bit. They were a great band to see live because they dressed like the 1960s version of Cher and did super cool cover songs — and let’s face it, the McDonald brothers are easy on the eye.


One time I saw them somewhere in NYC (I forgot the place, I’d have to look it up in my paper diaries) and they were so ON that night. It was the best show ever, but it was summer and I was dehydrated. I spent most of the night in the bathroom with dizzy spells, in fear I was going to pass out.

It was during this time they did something ultra spectacular — performed “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar. And it sounded off the hook amazing.

It could have been the most euphoric live show for me, but I was sick in the bathroom saying, “fuck, this sucks” because a normally healthy me felt horrible.

Another time I got to meet the lead singer Jeff backstage at a Hoboken show. He was cool, and took the time to meet and take photos with all the fans. And that same night I met the bassist from D-Generation, Howie Pyro, therefore discovering another great band to follow.

My favorite Redd Kross album ever was “Finding of the Third Eye” produced by Debbie Gibson. I think my all-time favorite Redd Kross song is “Annie’s Gone” but there are so many great ones, it’s really hard to say.

Other favorites include: “Kiss in the Wind”; “Bubblegum Factory” and “Love is You.”

Interesting, that just the other night I was turning my husband on to their music, playing several CDs for him and telling him what I thought about each one, which songs were my favorites, etc. (What brought this on was me remembering the Zira song, as we had just got the boxed Planet of the Apes set and had been watching the monkey movies for the past week or so. I was like, “Awww, you gotta hear this song for Zira!”)

ANYWAY, even though the new album was released a month ago, I found out about it two days ago and had the honor to review it for Kevchino Music Reviews. Here is my review of Redd Kross’s Researching the Blues:;

And here is a video of my favorite song from the new album:

Stay Away From Downtown

I have the opportunity to interview Redd Kross too. I have a lot on my plate, but we shall see … it’s tempting!

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

‘Ol Dino!

Growing up, Dean Martin was a hit in our house.

My beloved grandmother adored ‘ol Dino. We loved watching his show together.

So, in honor of Grandparents Day, I want to dedicate my favorite Dean Martin song, “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” to my late Grandmother!

It’s not only a beautiful song, but a FUN song!

Check it out, Love Italian Style!:

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

Zira, Call Out My Name!

Zira and baby Milo

Several nights ago I watched “Escape from Planet of the Apes.” It was the first time I watched it since I was a little kid and was so taken by the love story of Zira and Cornelius.

Then I remembered that Redd Kross played tribute to the character Zira (played by Kim Hunter in three of the apes movies).

It’s such a cool song and gives me chills.

Check it out:

Call Out My Name!

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury!

Freddie lives on!

Too many favorite Queen songs to choose from to celebrate Freddie’s birthday. But I always loved the official Killer Queen video because that’s the era of my favorite Freddie, long hair, pre-mustache and 1970s garb.

Check it out:

Killer Queen


David Sylvian

Happy September!

A perfect morning to listen to a little David Sylvian.

September + Orpheus

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